Just when we think cruise ships can’t get any bigger, Royal Caribbean debuts Harmony of the Seas. The ship, which can hold up to 6,780 guests, is the cruise line’s largest vessel to date and is making sailings to and from Spain, France, and Italy this summer before arriving in Florida, where it will begin regular jaunts to the Bahamas and Caribbean in November.
Though Harmony of the Seas technically falls under Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships, it also features standout touches from their newer Quantum Class, making it a unique, up-to-date hybrid. For example, you’ll find Quantum class hits like the Bionic Bar, which has robotic bartenders, and Wonderland, a whimsical restaurant popular for its “imaginative cuisine.” Additionally, guests staying in windowless interior rooms can enjoy real-time virtual balconies, a feature which Royal Caribbean debuted on Navigator of the Seas in 2014.
Other than being dubbed the “world’s largest ship,” Harmony has also created buzz for its 10-story dry slide. The Ultimate Abyss has guests lining up all day to race down its two twisty purple tubes. The thrill is definitely not for those afraid of heights, as riders step onto a glass-bottom platform before hopping in.
As far as the crowd is concerned, you can expect a blend of people similar to that found on other Royal Caribbean cruises: everything from multi-generational families to couples looking for a relaxing getaway. The best part? All types can find exactly what they’re searching for onboard.
Travel + Leisure was recently invited as a guest by Royal Caribbean to experience Harmony of the Seas as it prepared for one of its maiden voyages. Here are some of the standout features on the ship.